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About cookies

A cookie is a text-only piece of information that a website transfers to the cookie store of the browser on your device so that the website can remember who you are.

Most websites you visit will use cookies to improve your experience by enabling that website to 'remember' you, either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie').

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites who provide content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').

What's in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your device by a website, and only that website will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.

Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will typically contain the name of the site from which the cookie has come, the 'lifetime' of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.

How does Glasgow Science Centre use cookies?

Cookies enable us to remember your device, or you when you have logged in. When you visit our website we send you cookies which may be used in the following ways:

  • To remember that you have logged in or that you have added items to your shopping basket, and to personalise the pages that you view based on this information.
  • To compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way.

Two types of cookies may be used on this website: session cookies, which are temporary cookies that are retained by your browser until you close it, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie store of your browser between successive visits to the site.

We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we share the information with third parties, except where required by law as per our Privacy Policy.

Details of the exact cookies our website uses are available in the table below.

Cookie Purpose More Information
_ga, _gat, _gid Google Analytics cookies which help us understand how visitors are using our website, so we can make it more useful. Tracks the number of times a visitor has been to our website, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Lifespan: Persistent
PHPSESSID Your session ID on the server. Lifetime: Session
_hjIncludedInSample Hotjar cookie. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. Lifespan: 365 days
form_key Stores randomly generated key used to prevent forged requests. Lifespan: Session
mage-cache-sessid These cookies are set by our Magento cart to provide a smooth checkout and purchasing experience Lifespan: Session
mage-cache-storage Facilitates caching of content on the browser to make pages load faster. Lifespan: Session
mage-cache-storage-section-invalidation Facilitates caching of content on the browser to make pages load faster. Lifespan: Session
mage-messages Magento cookie that gets used to display success/error/notices messages. Lifespan: Session
mage-translation-file-version Facilitates translation of content to other languages. Lifespan: Session
mage-translation-storage Facilitates translation of content to other languages. Lifespan: Session
private_content_version Private content, which is stored in the browser local storage, uses the private_content_version cookie to store the version. Lifespan: 10 years
section_data_ids These cookies are set by our Magento cart to provide a smooth checkout and purchasing experience Lifespan: session
store This saves the store view or language you have selected. Lifespan: 1 year
wd Used by Facebook to improve performance. Lifespan: session
xs, pl A Facebook cookie used to maintain a session. It works in conjunction with the c_user cookie to authenticate your identity to Facebook. Lifespan: 3 months
sb Used by Facebook to improve friend suggestions Lifespan: 2 years
c_user A Facebook cookie used to maintain a session. It works in conjunction with the xs cookie to authenticate your identity to Facebook. Lifespan: 3 months
datr Used by Facebook to identify the users browse Lifespan: 2 years
dpr Measuring the conversion. This anonymous information is used to determine the value of and to settle with an advertising partner. Lifespan: session
fr Measuring the conversion. This anonymous information is used to determine the value of and to settle with an advertising partner. Lifespan: 3 months
mp_6d7c50ad560e01715a871a117a2fbd90_mixpanel Cookies set by Mixpanel to run track usage on hotjar.com. Lifespan: 1 year
mp_hj_mixpanel Cookies set by Mixpanel to run track usage on hotjar.com. Lifespan: 1 year
optimizelyBuckets Cookies set by Optimizely to run tests on hotjar.com. Lifespan: 10 years
optimizelyEndUserId Cookies set by Optimizely to run tests on hotjar.com. Lifespan: 10 years
optimizelySegments Cookies set by Optimizely to run tests on hotjar.com. Lifespan: 2 years
hubspotutk This cookie is used for to keep track of a visitor's identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when de-duplicating contacts. Lifespan: 10 years
intercom-lou-c5ke8zbr Cookies set by intercom for its real time support chat system. Lifespan: session
intercom-session-c5ke8zbr Cookies set by intercom for its real time support chat system. Lifespan: session
__cfduid Cookie assoiated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times. According to CloudFlare it is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information. Lifespan: 1 year
__hstc The main cookie for tracking visitors. It contains: the domain, initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session) Lifespan: 30 minutes
x-pp-s PayPal session/security cookies. These are issued when making payments via PayPal. Lifespan: session
tsrce These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 1 day
ts  These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 3 years
ssi_customer These cookies enable us to see which social media posts brought visitors to this site and what pages were visited.  Lifespan: 10 years
product_data_storage   Lifespan: session
recently_compared_product Stores most recently compared product Lifespan: session
Recently_compared_product_previous Stores the previous most recently compared product Lifespan: session
recently_viewed_product Stores most recently viewed product Lifespan: session
recently_viewed_product_previous Stories the previous most recently viewed product Lifespan: session
nsid Cookie for fraud detection Lifespan: session
navlns These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 2 years
enforce_policy PayPal uses Cookies to recognise its customers and to shorten the time the user needs to log in to their PayPal account by checking their email on PayPal database. Lifespan: 1 years
cookie_check These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 2 years
akavpau_ppsd These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: session
_ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Lifespan: 2 years
X-PP-SILOVER These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.  Lifespan: session
X-PP-K These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 1 month
PYPF These cookies are associated with PayPal, they are issued when making a payment via PayPal. Lifespan: 1 month
LANG These cookies are associated with PayPal. When making a payment via PayPal these Cookie are issued. Lifespan: session
KHcl0EuY7AKSMgfvHl7J5E7hPtK Session cookies collect to messure and improve the performance of our site. This is aggregated and therefore anonymous.  Lifespan: session
AKDC These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.  Lifespan: session
44907 They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, viewing your cart, or checking out. Lifespan: session
APISID These cookies help track the data related to Google ads. Lifespan: 2 years
CONSENT Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain. Lifespan: 20 years
HSID These cookies help track the data related to Google ads. Lifespan: 2 years
LOGIN_INFO Tracks whether you have logged into your YouTube account for viewing. Lifespan: 2 years
PREF The pref cookie will track user preferences and serve up related content or adverts. Lifespan: 2 years
SAPISID, SID, SSID Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Lifespan: 2 years
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Used by YouTube (Google) for storing user preferences. Lifespan: 5 months
YSC This cookie registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user have seen. Lifespan: session

How can I control cookies?

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can change your web browser's settings so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

You can choose whether to accept cookies that are set by Glasgow Science Centre through your browser's cookie settings. More information on what this entails is available from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Most of our site will work without cookies, but you will lose some of the interactive features and functionality of our site if you choose to disable cookies, notably those related to logging in and purchasing tickets.

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